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5.0 von 5 Sternen The role of beauty in evolution
This book opened my eyes to the role of beauty in evolution. Darwin notes that it is difficult to accept that 'mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish' share the 'high taste of beauty which generally coincides with our own standard' and that this is an important driving force in biological and social evolution. This thesis is in striking contrast to the ideas entertained in...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A bloody key for understanding the 20th century
First let me warn other readers: I agree with the other reviewers that this book is extremely racist and sexist and thus extremely offensive for non-white or female readers (Hitler's Mein Kampf is nothing in comparison!)This book may drive them crazy, they'd better not read it. To Darwin's discharge I must say that he wrote at a time where most readers were white...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The role of beauty in evolution, 31. März 2000
This book opened my eyes to the role of beauty in evolution. Darwin notes that it is difficult to accept that 'mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish' share the 'high taste of beauty which generally coincides with our own standard' and that this is an important driving force in biological and social evolution. This thesis is in striking contrast to the ideas entertained in currend evolutionary psychology, where judgements about beauty are considered with respect to their function regarding survival. It contrasts also with much current evolutionary thinking as Darwin is almost entirely concerned with expaining disfunctional, rather than functional, traits in terms of evolutionary theory. The thesis is not developed in full. It is, therefore, even more stimulating to read than if the thesis had been developed conclusively.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Homo sapiens: just another species under evolutionary theory, 5. Februar 2000
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A beautiful, historical account of a great naturalist's work. It is important to keep in mind that the book was written 129 years ago, though, since the use of the language would not be considered "politically correct" nowadays.
Darwin was someone "who viewed life on earth in terms of an evolutionary framework grounded in science and reason" (taken from the Introduction by H. James Birx). It is difficult to believe that an educated person would misinterpret his ideas as being sexist or racist. Only the ignorant (or a creationist in disguise) would attempt to discredit the work of one of the greatest minds of all times by giving it the wrong label. Reading Daniel C. Dennett's "Darwin Dangerous Idea" (highly recommended) might help to put it in the right context.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Social Convention, 4. Oktober 1999
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The book was excellent. Though it does dwell on various moral issues that I did find rather disconcerting, we should not critique a book on the basis of our own morality. Morality is a relative thing, both society and history influence it. Therefore, dialectically, you cannot hold a book--or author--to account for a moral system that didn't exist in his or her day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Evolution des Menschen, 9. Oktober 2013
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Darwin versucht in diesem Werk seine Sicht der Dinge darzulegen, im Bezug auf die Evolution des Menschen. dabei geht der Wissenschaftler natürlich ohne Beachtung der politischen Korrektheit vor, und stößt aus heutiger Sicht manche Themen an welche es relativ schwierig machen dürften für viele Leser diese Argumente zu akzeptieren. Nichtsdestotrotz ist das Buch interessant zu lesen, und muss eben im Geiste seiner Zeit verstanden werden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very important book for understanding existence, 29. September 1999
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This scientific book is especially enlightening and valuablebecause of its parts on the racial evolution of humanity. Darwin, oneof the greatest minds ever, had views on race that were very inspiring to people like Hitler (e. g. Mein Kampf), Chamberlain, etc. Among other Darwin showed that men (whites) were the most evolved whereas "savages" (blacks) were close to monkeys in the evolutionary scale. And this has been proved by anthropology: our ancestors, like "Lucy", were Africans. I also recommend Why Race matters (by Michael Levin); Duke's My Awakening; The Real American Dilemma: Race, Immigration, and the Future of America (by Jared Taylor); international Jew; White Power; and the books by Richard Dawkins on evolution, which defend Darwin's views against the attacks by fundamentalists.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very important book for understanding existence, 27. September 1999
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This scientific book is especially valuable because of its parts on the racial evolution of humanity. Darwin, one of the greateast minds ever, had views on race that were very inspiring to people like Hitler (e. g. Mein Kampf), Chamberlain, etc. I also recommend Why Race matters (by Michael Levin); Duke's My Awakening; The Real American Dilemma: Race, Immigration, and the Future of America (by Jared Taylor); International Jew; White Power; and the books by Richard Dawkins on evolution, which defend Darwin's views against the attacks by fundamentalists.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A bloody key for understanding the 20th century, 20. Oktober 1999
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First let me warn other readers: I agree with the other reviewers that this book is extremely racist and sexist and thus extremely offensive for non-white or female readers (Hitler's Mein Kampf is nothing in comparison!)This book may drive them crazy, they'd better not read it. To Darwin's discharge I must say that he wrote at a time where most readers were white males, so he was not expecting women or non-whites to read this book I guess he would be horrified if he saw that we have educated the "inferior races" (or "savages" as he calls them) and that we have also given equal rights to women.)
What I find most valuable with this book is that, after reading it, I realize it is the key for understanding the 20th century. I agree with the other reviewers that the 20th century has been mainly influenced by Darwinism. And I add that this happened not only in a direct way, but also indirectly through nazism/facism and marxism/socialism/communism (were'nt Marx and Engels darwinists, and did not Marx want to dedicate his book Das Kapital to Darwin, although the latter refused to have his name associated with marxism?) And was not WWI driven by the "biological necessity" of selection, as the Germans would put it? Darwin's Descent of Man helps understand why the 20th century was the bloodiest ever, with, besides WWI and WWII, the nazi's killing 6 millions innocent Jews (an inferior race according to Darwinism) and the socialists murdering over 100 millions innocents civilians who were not embracing socialism quickly enough. But Darwin's The Descent of Man explains also the differences in the birth policies of the socialist regimes. I now understand why the Chinese, unlike the Russians and East Europeans (white socialists), have applied such self-destructive anti-birth policies: because being Asian, they are, according to Darwinism, an inferior race, thus should disappear at some point to free space for the favored, most superior race (whites.)
Darwin's ideas still raise some questions. If whites are the most superior, favored race, and blacks on the contrary the most inferior race, why is it that whites have been strongly decreasing in proportion during the 20th century, whereas blacks have been proliferating? Even worse, whites will probably have become extinct over one or few centuries, whereas humans will be then blacks or hybrids with black blood, or arabic semites, latinos and Asian? Would this mean that whites, although the most evolved, are the most UNfit for survival, and hat on the contrary blacks are the most fit for survival? I wonder what Darwin would think of this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting view into the views of the late 19th Century, 26. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Although there are many racist and sexist ideas, this was the climate in which Darwin wrote this book. Many of the details are grossly in error, but the book was written over 100 years ago. Many advances in knowledge have been made since then. The basic premise, and the fact that Darwin looked to the African apes as a point of origin for humans is the real beauty of the book. Darwin is many times falsely blamed for "Social Darwinism" which he never proposed nor advocated. Just because someone uses Darwin as a justification for negative ideas and or actions, does not mean that Darwin should be vilified for it. Descent was not a social commentary, but a scientific treatise, and should be treated as such.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 100% racist and sexist - Darwin's big secret!, 14. Oktober 1999
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In this book Darwin shows that the white race is superior to the other races and also that men are superior to women. This book give strong support for promoting and giving privileges to whites, and also for the subordination of women to men and their doing lower tasks. In a word, the book is 100% politically incorrect (both racist and sexist). However, given that darwinism is by far the ruling philosophy and science of our time, Darwin's views on humanity / society may overcome the pc censorship if divulgated to the masses, who don't know about this, Darwin's views being kept secret by the academia. People will do well to listen to the ideas of the genius who wrote this book, you read it, and may change your convictions on race and sex....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 100% racist and sexist - Darwin's big secret!, 14. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
In this book Darwin shows that the white race is superior to the other races and also that men are superior to women. This book give strong support for promoting and giving privileges to whites, and also for the subordination of women to men and their doing lower tasks. In a word, the book is 100% politically incorrect (both racist and sexist). However, given that darwinism is by far the ruling philosophy and science of our time, Darwin's views on humanity / society may overcome the pc censorship if divulgated to the masses, who don't know about this, Darwin's views being kept secret by the academia. People will do well to listen to the ideas of the genius who wrote this book, you read it, and may change your convictions on race and sex....
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